Foundations in Agricultural-Based Industries for Refugees and Migrants (FARM)

What Is Foundations in Agricultural-Based Industries for Refugees and Migrants (FARM)?

Foundation in Agricultural-Based Industries for Refugees & Migrants (FARM), funded by Alberta Labour, offers free of charge 8-week in-class linguistic and professional foundations in agricultural industry and 2-week financially awarded on-site practicum in our host companies. During the in-class sessions, participants will learn about the pathways to a successful career within the agricultural field. The main focus will be on practical topics such as pre-employment, communication essentials, health and safety, technical and non-technical tasks in agricultural industries in Canada. The in-class sessions will touch upon the real skill-based activities, including handling agricultural equipment, health and safety procedures, production processes etc.

Participants can look forward to field trips and various guest speakers from our host companies which will help familiarize them with the agricultural industry’s various environments. Participants who will successfully finish the 8-week in-class course will be placed to one of our host companies for a fully paid on-site practicum.

As of July 2018, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a federal funding agency, funded a research-based component of the FARM project to run in tandem with service delivery. Conducted through a partnership between CIES and SAIT, the goal of this research is to identify service gaps and best practices to be shared with other post-secondary institutions and community service providers.

View the FARM Impact Study

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Am I Eligible?

  • Open to newcomers to Canada (Permanent Residents, Refugees)
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Previous experience or interest in agricultural industry
  • CLB level 4 or higher (if lower, please contact program coordinator)

When Is This Class?

  • 96 hours of in-class course in 8 weeks
  • 45 hours of on-site practicum in 2 or 3 weeks
  • Part time classes: Monday to Thursday afternoon/evening
    Intake 1 Class: April 1 – June 20, 2019
    Time: 2 pm – 5 pm/6 pm – 9 pm
    Intake 2 Class: July 2 – September 23, 2019
    Time: 2 pm – 5 pm/6 pm – 9 pm

Where Is This Program?

This program is offered at one location:

How Do I Join This Class?

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